Three first-times among field for American Legion World Series – Bryant Daily – Arkansas News

Three first-times among field for American Legion World Series – Bryant Daily – Arkansas News

Photo courtesy of Paul Dotson

Courtesy of The American Legion

SHELBY, N.C. — The field for the 91st annual American Legion World Series includes three teams making their first ALWS appearances and one team returning from last year’s tournament.

Coach Pat Mooney’s Creighton Prep team from Omaha, Neb., returns eight players from a squad that went 1-2 in pool play last summer. They’ll open tournament play Thursday against Henderson (Nev.) Post 40, which scorched the Western Regional for 66 runs in five games.

Thursday’s opening slate of games will also include a matchup of two programs in their first ALWS appearance, as Mid-Atlantic Regional champions Hopewell Post 339 of New Jersey face North Carolina’s Randolph County Post 45, winners of the Southeast Regional.

Here’s a look at each of the eight teams in this year’s ALWS:

Northeast Region — Shrewsbury Post 397, Mass.

Record: 34-6

ALWS: First appearance

Notes: Shrewsbury took advantage of two errors to score three unearned runs in a 5-1 win over fellow Massachusetts team Braintree in the regional championship game, avenging an earlier 8-7 loss. While Shrewsbury’s regional batting average (.274) is the lowest of the eight ALWS qualifiers, their pitching (2.27 ERA, 37 K’s) and fielding make them a challenging opponent.

Mid-Atlantic Region — Hopewell Post 339, N.J.

Record: 38-9

ALWS: First appearance

Notes: Luke Blair hit two home runs in the regional, including a two-run insurance shot in a 10-6 win in the championship game against Ephrata (Pa.). William Karp stole four bases in five attempts at the regional.

Southeast Region — Randolph County Post 45, N.C.

Record: 38-8

ALWS: First…

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